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Casey Benjamin

Casey Benjamin Discography

Casey Benjamin Obituary

Casey Benjamin, a name synonymous with innovation in the world of saxophone music, left an indelible mark on the jazz scene and beyond. Born on October 10, 1978, in South Jamaica, Queens, New York City, Casey’s musical journey began at a young age, leading him to become a multi-talented instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter.

His education at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, followed by The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, laid the foundation for his expansive career. It was at the New School that he met Robert Glasper, a meeting that would lead to the formation of the Robert Glasper Experiment.

Casey’s contributions to music were profound and multifaceted. As a member of the Robert Glasper Experiment, he won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album for “Black Radio” and was part of the funk pop new wave duo HEAVy. His work extended beyond these groups as he collaborated with a plethora of artists across genres, including Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Q-Tip, and Mary J, Blige.

Known for his distinctive sound that blended jazz, hip-hop, and R&B, Casey was not just a saxophonist but a sonic explorer. He was fearless in his use of electronic effects, adding a unique dimension to his sax lines and often incorporating a vocorder in his performance.

Casey Benjamin’s untimely passing on March 30, 2024, at the age of 45, has left a void in the music community. His legacy, however, continues to inspire and influence musicians around the world. His approach to music—always pushing boundaries and exploring new sonic territories—will remain a guiding light for saxophonists and music enthusiasts for generations to come.

Page last updated 4/2/2024.